Sultan of Sokoto fires at perpetrators of killing in Zamfara; reveals his stance

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– Sa’ad Abubakar described perpetrators of Zamfara killings as criminals and urged they should be treated as such

– The Sultan said Muslims should not be jurors but religious faithfuls

– He lamented that the terrible incidence was becoming a recurring one

The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) which is led by Sa’ad Abubakar has harshly condemned the killing of eight persons in Zamfara over an alleged act of blasphemy.

The incident happened on Monday, August 22 when an undergraduate at a polytechnic in Talata Mafara was accused of saying nasty things about Prophet Muhammed and the incident escalated into a mob attack that led to the burning of a building and killing and eight persons. The intervention of the police prevented further violence.

JNI described the incident as unfortunate and lamented that that it was becoming a recurring one. The Sultan of Sokoto insisted Muslims were only to see themselves as faithfuls of the religion and not as jurors.

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In a statement on Premium Times, the group said the nasty behaviour of some criminals should not be considered the true teaching of Islam.

Kerry Sultan of Sokoto

Read the statement below:

“Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), upon the receipt of reportage on the alleged blasphemy of the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, is once again poised to make this release over the most unfortunate alleged blasphemy which occurred at Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, Talata Mafara, Zamfara State. This recurring matter is becoming tediously monotonous and remains condemned in the strongest terms. The unfortunate attacks that ensued thereafter are criminal and also stand condemned. We reiterate that human lives are sacred and therefore must be dignified. That has been the position of Islam.

“JNI reemphasizes that individual Muslims are not Jurists, but faithful in the practicing of the religion. Therefore, they don’t have the right to pass judgment on emotions. The nasty behavior of some miscreants should not be misconstrued as the Islamic teaching. In the light of which we commend the efforts of the Zamfara State Government in nipping in the bud, the escalation of the crisis and equally the beefing up of security by the various security agencies, around Talata Mafara and its environs is also commendable. We however call on state governments particularly in the north to hasten mechanisms which will address these repeated acts of blasphemy; it seems that there are deliberate attempts to cause more tension in the region and the country at large, in the name of blasphemy.

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“While we commiserate with all the affected victims of the unfortunate incidence, we call on respective predominant Muslim communities to be very wary and cautious of crafty art of blasphemy within or around their respective communities and learn to handle such matters with utmost caution no matter the provocations that may arise therefrom.

“Finally, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, JNI calls on all and sundry to remain calm and avoid all actions that could jeopardize peaceful co-existence, especially at this material point of trying time of nation building. As always the generality of Muslims are also implored to fervently continue praying for the restoration of peace and security in Nigeria.”

Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said that the federal government of Nigeria is not doing enough to protect Christians within the region.

CAN decried the recurring and unabated spate of the killings of Christians in the Northern part of the country on account of alleged blasphemy, stressing that such killings have become too many and requires urgent attention.
CAN decried the recurring and unabated spate of the killings of Christians in the Northern part of the country on account of alleged blasphemy, stressing that such killings have become too many and requires urgent attention.

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